Off-beat Happy Hours

people enjoying happy hour at the top of the Steamboat Springs gondola

Sure, the regular Happy Hour haunts are great and all, but how about some that are a little different than all the others? Following is a non-run-of-the-mill roundup of Happy Hours around town that you might just find will keep you there a bit longer than 60 minutes.

SnowBowl Steamboat

Steee-rike!! Yep, you’ll be yelling that and doing your dorky little moon walk celebration at SnowBowl Steamboat, whose Happy Hour runs Wed-Fri from 4-6 p.m., with half price appetizers and $2 off well cocktails, draft and canned beers, house wine. Also look for cosmic bowling and a cornhole series. Hit it on Wednesday and it coincides with its free Summer Music Festival beginning June 14, running every week through Sept. 27.

Steamboat Springs happy hour

Top o’ Gondo

Yes, the ski resort’s Sunset Happy Hours are back in full swing, offering live music and sweeping views with your IPAs. They run Thursdays and Sundays from June 18 to Sept. 3 (Sundays only through Oct. 1), with live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. “They’re super popular—we’re excited to have them back,” says the resort’s Maren Francosi, who you just might find on the dance floor. 


Get out of town and head south to Oak Creek, where Lupita’s offers margs, nachos and more—and often live music—right on its outside deck. It’s classic Oak Creek old school and the perfect spot for some R&R after your South Routt adventure in the Flat Tops and beyond. 

Pearl Lake

Pearl Lake kiosk
Pearl Lake kiosk

Try some suds and wine-sipping after supping. Yep, you can happy hour from 4-6 p.m. after you SUP at Pearl Lake, thanks to a liquor permit held by Paddleboard Adventure Co. “It’s pretty sweet,” says owner Danny Tebbenkamp, adding the retro-fitted bar/trailer comes complete with a fenced-in turf yard and will feature occasional live music. “And the sunsets up there are awesome.” The rental kiosk and bar are located on the old boat ramp on the point, a veritable oasis overlooking the lake. Bonus: Rent the giant SUPSquatch for float-and-bloat parties.

BYO Happy Hours

Not to undermine our fine, local Happy Hour providers, but with regulations easing up after the pandemic about open containers in city parks, you can also now embrace your own dirtbag/BYO happy time in our beloved parks. A few of our faves: 

Fishing, supping and sipping wine at Fetcher Park

Tossing horseshoes and beers at Li’l Toots

IPAs in Elk Park 

PBRs at our riverside benches

Emerald stroll (we won’t tell you our favorite spot, but find one yourself by strolling up Emerald to take in views of all the Who’s down in town below)

Special Late Night Happy Hour

Sure, normal hour happy hours are great and all…but how often do you arrive too late? Fear not. You’ll never do that at this at local hotspot O’Neil’s, whose Late Night Happy Hour runs from from 10 p.m.-12 a.m., until the cows truly come home.


$4 Well Drinks / $6 Double Wells

$2 Off Drafts, Micro & Imports

$7 The Dirty Duke, Bud Heavy-Shot of Jamo

$6 5oz. House Wines/$9 8oz House Wine

$6 Car Bombs


Jumbo Pretzel $7 (plus Irish Banger, $10)

Potato Skins $8

Fried Chicken Sliders $9

Hand Breaded Chicken Tender $6

Irish Mac and Cheese $7

Fish and Chips $7

Classic Cheeseburger $7